Professor Vincent Chiang has been awarded the 2004-2005 Alumni
Outstanding Research Award. This is one of the highest honors
NC State confers on its own faculty.
We have established (2004) a North Carolina State University
Forest Biotechnology Industrial Research Consortium (FORBIRC),
with eleven participating companies from all over the world. The
Consortium is directed by Prof. Vincent Chiang and coordinated
by Prof. Ron Sederoff and Prof. Hou-min Chang, and consists of
12 other faculty members from the Department of Forestry, Paper
and Engineering Science and Wood Products groups from the Department
of Wood and Paper Science. The mission of the Consortium is to
integrate genome technology, metabolic engineering, traditional
tree breeding and wood and paper science into a research organization
directed to the creation of superior wood as a raw material and
as a product. The Consortium promotes innovation and advances
in forest, wood, and paper science using the most advanced forest
biotechnology by creating a collaborative platform involving leading
forest products industry participants worldwide and NC State University.
Companies and research organizations are welcome to join the Consortium
at any time.
A three year grant in the amount of $1.9 M was awarded from DOE
on "Improved wood properties through genetic manipulation:
Engineering of syringyl lignin in softwood species through xylem-specific
expression of hardwood syringyl monolignol pathway genes",
by Vincent Chiang (PI), Laigeng Li, Hou-min Chang and Mark Davis.
Vincent Chiang (PI), Kurt Pregitzer, Laigeng Li, Wendy Loya and
Christian Giardina were awarded a three-year poplar genomics/carbon
sequestration grant in the amount of $1 M from DOE on "Effects
of down- and up-regulated lignin biosynthesis in Populus on soil
carbon transformation and storage".
Ron Sederoff, Co-Director for Forest Biotechnology Group has
been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) in recognition of his pioneering work in
the application of molecular genetics and genomics to forest-tree
Forest Biotechnology Group
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